Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale is launching a clothing collection with U.S. fashion retailer Hollister. The line, which is the company's first celebrity collaboration, will reflect her relaxed Southern California lifestyle and will be available online and in stores from 8 August (14).
Late singer/actor Sammy Davis Jr.'s address book is back on the auction block. The little black book from the 1980s contains the names and numbers of a slew of the Rat Pack star's celebrity friends, including Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier and Michael Jackson, according to the New York Daily News.
The address book, which failed to sell during another auction last year (13), has been up for grabs online for the past two weeks, but at press time, no offers had been made on the lot.
Bidding starts at $4,000 (£2,353) and the item will remain on sale until Thursday night (31Jul14).
Davis passed away in 1990.
Michael Jackson's iconic Neverland ranch is to be sold by a billionaire's private investment firm.
According to sources, Tom Barrack's company Colony Capital is planning to put Neverland on the market. The firm currently own a primary stake in the estate after a deal made in 2007, when it purchased the $23 million loan (£14 million) Jackson owed to private investment group, Fortress Investment.
A representative for Jackson's estate tells in a statement, "We are saddened at the prospect of the sale of Neverland which, under the agreement negotiated during Michael's lifetime, Colony has the right to sell.
"The estate will maintain Michael's family home in Encino, including its iconic recording studio there... We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect the historical importance and special nature of this wonderful property."
Jackson bought the California property in 1988 and stayed there until his child molestation trial in 2004.
Music promoter Joe Isgro has pleaded not guilty to gambling, conspiracy and money laundering charges. Isgro, who helped Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Elton John secure radio airplay in the 1980s, stands accused of running an illegal gambling operation for the mob, according to the New York Daily News.
Police claim Isgro and six others used banned gambling software owned by the infamous Gambino crime family to run the online operation from 2005.
On Wednesday (30Jul14), Isgro, who also served as an executive producer on the 1992 film Hoffa, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, where he entered his plea and posted $250,000 (£147,058) bond.
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The power of YA fiction is undeniable. While not every film becomes a sure-fire hit in cinemas, some do gangbusters. It's a gamble, but one that can pay off extremely well. The last Hunger Games film netted $864 million worldwide, while other films like Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars both did great business that far exceeded their respective budgets. But the thing that all these films have in common are that they're all fronted by female protagonists. Looking on the other side of the coin, YA films with primarily male protagonist tend to not do nearly as well as their counterparts. From I Am Number Four, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, Ender's Game, City of Ember, the two Percy Jackson films, and countless others have all failed to become to next big thing in ya cinema. Outside of Harry Potter (which we're going to call the exception that proves the rule), it's hard to think of a male fronted YA series that has had as big of an impact as something like Twilgiht.
So what chance does The Maze Runner stand? The film, directed by Wes Ball, is only the latest hopeful in the YA film craze, one that shares a ton of themes with huge hits like The Hunger Games and Divergent. This time, dozens of teenage boys are locked in the middle of the glade, a grassy plain enclosed by gigantic maze with seemingly no solution. Each day, a group of boys ventures into the maze to search for clues, but many fall victim to the mysterious creatures that lurk in its passages.
The latest trailer boasts an intriguing premise with a ton of potential mysteries to be explored, but the undeniably male-centric cast might not have the appeal to capture as wide as an audience as a series like The Hunger Games, which has ballooned into a minor phenomenon. Since The Maze Runner is only the first part in a planned series of films, and answers to the mysteries won't likely come until deep into the series. We're hoping that this series goes the distance, but the box office may be a maze to complicated for this film to solve.
Actors Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr. have been added to the cast of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Hodge will play MC Ren, while Brown Jr. will portray DJ Yella in the film, which will also feature Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. as the MC, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the Compton, California rappers' rise to fame in the late 1980s, and their subsequent split in 1991.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres in August, 2015.
Rapper Nelly has risked the wrath of boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. by taking a swipe at the boxing champ's lack of education moments after denying the pair is feuding. The two stars fell out earlier this year (14) after Nelly began dating the sportsman's ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson, just weeks after she split from the fighter.
The boxer took aim at Nelly during a radio interview in May (14) after news of the blossoming romance emerged, prompting the Hot In Herre hitmaker to fire back via a post on social media.
Nelly was quizzed about the alleged feud during a TV appearance on U.S. sports commentary show Highly Questionable on Monday (28Jul14), when he was asked to detail the extent of his issues with Mayweather, Jr.
However, Nelly insisted there was no fall out, saying, "I don't have a beef (problem) with Floyd Mayweather...", only to then take aim at the boxer by adding, "I think the whole thing is misunderstood. I try to understand where he's coming from, which is a little hard to do...
"But... it's kind of hard talking to a guy who hasn't graduated from high school."
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has opened up about his controversial decision not to cast the late Eazy-E's son as the hip-hop icon in his forthcoming N.W.A. biopic, insisting the role required an experienced actor with "a lot of range". Eazy-E's son, Eric Wright, Jr., auditioned for the Straight Outta Compton film job and recently admitted he was disappointed after movie bosses decided to cast newcomer Jason Mitchell as the younger version of his tragic father.
Now Ice Cube, who is serving as one of the project's producers, has explained the reasons behind the decision, insisting aspiring actor Wright, Jr. simply wasn't a good fit.
Speaking to Colorado radio station KS 107.5, Ice Cube says, "He (Wright, Jr.) is an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life. He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn't use just anybody. We gave him (Wright, Jr.) a shot, and it just didn't work out."
Wright, Jr. wasn't the only N.W.A. offspring snubbed for a role in the film - Dr. Dre's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young was also passed over in favour of Corey Hawkins, although Ice Cube's kid, O'Shea Jackson, Jr., will play his dad onscreen.
Meanwhile, the remaining N.W.A. bandmates MC Ren and DJ Yella will be played by Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr., respectively.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the iconic California rap group and their split in 1991.
The biopic is scheduled for release next summer (15).
Joe Jackson has paid tribute to his singer daughter Janet for her support during his health battle last year (13). The Jackson family patriarch penned an open letter as part of a series on his website blog, in which he reflects on each member of his family.
He reveals the Nasty hitmaker was one of only two relatives to visit him in hospital after he suffered a series of strokes last year, writing, "When I suffered 4 strokes last year, and was in the hospital recovering, only two people in my family traveled all the way to see in the hospital. My granddaughter Brandi... and my baby girl Janet. She sat right next to me as I lay in bed, spent time with me, talking about a lot together. It meant a lot to me."
Jackson also opened up about his daughter's childhood, adding, "She was real rough... She was a tomboy. She could whop (sic) all the girls. Really rough and really really smart."
Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling celebrated her 30th birthday in New York City nightclub Catch Roof over the weekend (26-27Jul14) with Joshua Jackson, Rose Byrne and Byrne's boyfriend Bobby Cannavale. Her TV co-stars, including Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne, also joined the party.